Some little green bugs are living on your houseplants? Well, they are probably aphids and you should check out some control methods if you want to grow rigorous plants indoors. Of course, it may take some time, but I have the perfect solution to get rid of aphids on houseplants.
I know perfectly how to control these tiny and green pests, because 2 years ago I almost throw all of my houseplants during an aphid infestation. It’s enough to have 2 plants infested with aphids because in the blink of an eye your whole houseplants will be covered in small and tiny bugs.
How I managed to control aphids on houseplants?
Remember! Once you discovered aphids on houseplants it’s important to act immediately, otherwise you’ll face an infestation.
Aphids will die if you sprinkle soapy water over them
The first thing I did was to prepare a soapy water solution. Well, not exactly the first, because I had to quarantine the aphid area to prevent further spreading.
So, take the infested houseplants and give it a nice warm shower to remove as many aphids as possible. Then prepare a solution as it follows:
- mix 1 tablespoons of organic mild liquid soap with 1 liter of tepid water and pour the solution in a spray bottle;
- spray the solution on each leaf after showering the houseplant.
Need oil is one of the best aphid repellent
Instead using just a soapy solution you can add a drop of something more powerful to get rid of aphids: neem oil. Seems that neem oil keep aphids at a distance. Just prepare a soapy solution after the above recipe and add 1 tablespoon of neem oil. Spray the solution on each leaf.
Mix in a spray bottle, equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water and spray the solution over the plants. Then you can use a cotton swab to dab the rubbing alcohol directly onto the bugs.
You can purchase some yellow sticky traps and put some around your houseplants to capture some winged aphids. As a matter of fact, these sticky traps will also capture fungus gnats which will be 2 capture pests with one bait.